Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Portfolio Critique with special guest Dave Szalay

Date(s) - 01/24/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Join us for an online illustration critique meeting via Zoom.

We welcome special guest, Northern Ohio Illustrator Dave Szalay, winner of the 2018 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Honors Award.

Here’s how it will work:

•  Registration opens Saturday 01/7/2023.

•  Up to 10 Northern Ohio participants can submit images for inclusion in the critique. (Due to the limited number of critique slots, artwork sharing is for SCBWI Ohio North members only. Other SCBWI members are welcome to participate as critique observers please select ‘just sitting in’ at registration.) Registration options are included below.

•  Participants may upload three image for inclusion in the critique. Send the images in JPG format. 1600 pixels is a good width (by whatever height). The file sizes should not exceed 5MB per image. Please make sure your file is labeled with your name. An upload link will be supplied after registration.  Images must be received by midnight 01/20/2023.

•  The critique moderator will initiate the Zoom call five minutes prior to the start of the session. We will need to limit the amount of discussion for each image to stay on schedule.

Since this is a members-only event, please be sure that you are logged in to this site in order to see the registration options.


Dave Szalay is an award winning author-illustrator from our region that will join us for January’s critique. He is represented by the Cat Agency and has illustrated several books with more in the works. He’s received the prestigious SCBWI National Portfolio Showcase Honor Award in 2018 & the Highlights Pewter Award, among many other awards for his illustration and design. He has been a Professor at the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron since 2005 and is the most recent author-illustrator in residence at Kent State’s Reinberger’s Children’s Library Center. He has also presented at several national conferences on illustration & design.

Learn more about Dave and his work:
Instagram: @daveszalayillo